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Wildcats Have Quick Answer In Their Win

By Jeff Nelson
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 30, 2007

With a mixture of anxiousness and concern growing inside him, Arundel's Nick Elko stood on the sideline during the third quarter last night and occasionally glanced up at the game clock to his left.

When only zeroes remained, the Wildcats' quarterback couldn't believe it. Had he and his offensive teammates really not played a single down during the entire third quarter?

Amazingly, they did not -- but ultimately, it did not matter.

Two plays after Old Mill finished its 22-play, 12-minute touchdown drive, which brought the Patriots within seven, Elko scored on a 56-yard run to help No. 15 Arundel pull away for a 24-7 home victory in a matchup of the 4A East Region's top two teams.

Arundel (8-0) can clinch a share of its second straight Anne Arundel County title on Friday at Glen Burnie and sew up its first undefeated regular season the following week at South River.

"Realistically, I thought I was just going to get five yards, take up some time and let our defense rest," Elko said of his touchdown run. "But the offensive line did a great job and it worked out."

Arundel led 14-0 at halftime, thanks in large part to its defense. The Wildcats forced four first-half turnovers, two of which put the offense deep in Old Mill territory.

Old Mill (6-2) threatened to get on the board late in the second quarter, but an eight-minute drive ended when Arundel's John Holland intercepted a pass in the end zone.

With last night's performance -- the third quarter not withstanding -- the Wildcats continued to prove they have a solid defense to go with their much-ballyhooed offense, which is averaging more than 33 points per game.

Defensively, Arundel suffered a few early-season injuries and allowed an average of 22 points in its first four games. In their last four, the Wildcats have allowed fewer than nine points per game.

No. 15 Arundel 24 Old Mill 7 Wildcat Injured: Arundel senior defensive back Abdul Jalloh severely hurt his ankle after breaking up a pass midway through the fourth quarter. His foot could be seen pointing to the side at a 90-degree angle and there was a 24-minute delay as medical personnel took him off the field and put him in an ambulance. A Bright Spot: Old Mill's Jason Clements rushed 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown. No. 15 Arundel 24 Old Mill 7 Wildcat Injured: Arundel senior defensive back Abdul Jalloh severely hurt his ankle after breaking up a pass midway through the fourth quarter. His foot could be seen pointing to the side at a 90-degree angle and there was a 24-minute delay as medical personnel took him off the field and put him in an ambulance. A Bright Spot: Old Mill's Jason Clements rushed 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown.

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